R. L. Manthorpe

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The Sisters Who Would Be Queen: The tragedy of Mar&hellip by Leanda de Lisle
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Popular history books have to combine two apparently contradictory virtues. On one hand, they have to be scholarly and academically rigorous, on the other, readable and entertaining. Leanda de Lisle manages this balancing act with consumate ease.

The sisters of the title are Jane, Katherine and Mary Grey. Jane, the eldest and best known Grey, is the subject of the first half. I already knew parts of her story - or at least I thought I did. De Lisle debunks the mythology surrounding Lady Jane, showing her not as the tragic Protestant martyr of legend, but as an ambitious, strong-minded young woman with an Evangelical fervour. She knew exactly what she was getting into… Read more